PFSense homelab firewall – Part1

pfsense-logo-choppedIf one look around for easy to set up, manage and opensource firewall, router or VPN server – pfSense is definitely something worth to look on it closer. I use pfSense in my homelab as a firewall, router and VPN server to simulate different use case scenarios on my homelab in a box. pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform.


  • management web interface
  • router
  • firewall
  • network load balancer
  • VPN:
    • IPSec
    • OpenVPN
    • PPTP
    • L2TP
  • DHCP server
  • DHCP relay
  • DNS forwarder
  • DynamicDNS support for most of the main providers.
  • Traffic shaper

and many, many more. For full list of features check pfSense website.

pfsense summary screen

pfsense summary screen

In the next few days I will blog out couple of post about deployment and basic configuration.

  1. PFSense homelab firewall – Part2 – installation

Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).